A drone hovers during practice day at the National Drone Racing Championships in New York on Aug. 5. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Aug. 29 editorial “Relaxing the rules on drones” was silent on the most damaging precedent that the expanded use of private drones could set: the right to fly uninvited over someone else’s property.

We who own land in rural Northern Virginia enjoy the peace and quiet of our countryside. Packages arrive at reasonable hours. UPS and FedEx drivers use existing roads and respect our privacy. Unwelcome intruders on our property are considered trespassers. Shouldn’t private drones flying below 400 feet (or above) be held to that same standard? Low-flying drones would alarm our young horses (my farm’s business) and could be used to drive deer toward waiting rifle-toting “sportsmen.”

A Fauquier County woman recently shot down a drone with her shotgun. We have some good wing shots in Northern Virginia. This matter needs a deeper look than just welcoming a new technology to our airspace.

Bruce Smart, Upperville